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Playing for Money: Tom Kite Part 3

This is another in the fascinating series of lessons with Hall of Famer Tom Kite. He sent these swings in from the range after the first round of the 3M Championship in Minnesota, along with another fabulous look at his swing from 1992. The two things I picked out this time are the angle of the shaft at left arm parallel in the backswing, and the aggressive thrust and rotation of the hips through impact. Tom’s club is now flatter at left arm parallel than in ’92, and my thought is that the pattern of moving the shaft from flat approaching the top to steep immediately in transition is being caused by the fact that since the shaft is laid […]

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Liar Liar (A Golf Instructors Nightmare)

On any given day, during any given lesson, a golf instructor is consistently forced to play with, bend, tweak, and generally ignore the truth. His or her main concern, after of course giving the student the benefit of his experience and knowledge about the swing and the game, is to offer support, reassurance, solace, and comfort to the weary, beaten-down student, for the simple reason that a teacher can’t help a student unless the student continues to take lessons. If the student gives up and never returns, the teacher can be of no further help and, regardless of whose fault it is, has basically failed. And if the teacher wants to make a living, he needs to have people wanting […]

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Swing Analysis: Rickie Fowler Modifies his Changes

It is great to have the opportunity to study how Rickie Fowler is going about changing his swing with the idea in mind to become one of the top players on Tour. While he has had great results in the majors so far this year (a 5th and two 2nds) the changes he has made have not improved his ball striking statistics, and he appears to be in a Jason Day type mode with high finishes in big events but few wins otherwise. He can putt the eyes out of it, however, and raising the level of his ball-striking is how he is going to make the jump to consistent winner. It’s pretty cool to see the significant changes he […]

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Pro Tip of the Week: Right Arm at Address and it’s Action in the Backswing

The “Pro Tip of the Week” series is short videos of things Tour players do that can benefit your game and lower your score. Pro Tip of the Week videos are free for a limited time period. This weeks pro tip is: Right Arm at Address and it’s Action in the Backswing.   Excellent site, glad I joined. Enjoying the golf analysis of the great players and feel I’m learning quite a bit. Happy golfing Paul D Be glad you joined too, become a Premium member today! Click here to join now!   Join the forum discussion on this post

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Online Students: Allie Economou Part 2

Allie did a nice job getting into a more athletic posture and increasing her tempo after the first lesson, and now needs to concentrate on continuing to try to soften the arms at address, especially the right arm. When the right arm is tight and stiffens as the takeaway starts with the elbow twisting inward, the left arm has nowhere to go except out and around, which is why Allie’s hands still move away from her body immediately after the swing initiates. This sets up a pattern in which the upper left arm disconnects from the chest, and since Allie is very thin this allows the right arm to swing back well behind her at the top. She makes an […]

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Playing for Money: Tom Kite Part 2

I was extremely happy when I saw the swings that Tom sent of himself back in 1992. As you will see, he was doing almost exactly what I prescribed in his first online session last week, which is great news because it is much easier to get back to something you used to do (although never really easy) than it is to create all new neural pathways and change into something you’ve never done. I told Tom that if I had had these particular swings in my computer I would have shown them as examples of nice pivot movement and the hands out sidearm throw delivery with the right arm perfectly on plane. It is no wonder he used to […]

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Online Students: Steve Rogers

: Wayne, I am having difficulty hitting my irons solid. Mostly fat contact, some thin, always off the heel… Looking forward to hearing from you. Steve Rogers You might find Steve’s report regarding his poor ball striking as almost unbelievable considering the technically sound nature of his swing as far as conventional considerations go, but when we look more closely at Steve’s pivot action we can see the importance of what is the foundation of this website, pivot compression. As you will see, Steve’s swing looks great to the eye because it functions on excellent plane lines. There is nothing wrong with the way the arms, hands and club move up and back during the swing. The sequence is good, […]

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The web.com Tour – 2014 Midwest Classic

Some important news regarding the web.com Tour – 2014 Midwest Classic

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Pro Tip of the Week: Flat to Steep

The “Pro Tip of the Week” series is short videos of things Tour players do that can benefit your game and lower your score. Pro Tip of the Week videos are free for a limited time period. This weeks pro tip is: Flat to Steep.   Excellent site, glad I joined. Enjoying the golf analysis of the great players and feel I’m learning quite a bit. Happy golfing Paul D Be glad you joined too, become a Premium member today! Click here to join now!   Join the forum discussion on this post

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The 2014 Canadian Open

Some important news regarding the 2014 Canadian Open.

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